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Reading the WorldEncyclopedic Writing in the Scholastic Age$
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Mary Franklin-Brown

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226260686

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226260709.001.0001

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The Phoenix in the Mirror

The Phoenix in the Mirror

The Encyclopedic Subject

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(p.262) (p.263) 6 The Phoenix in the Mirror
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Reading the World
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Mary Franklin-Brown

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226260709.003.0007

Wolfgang Iser argues that the fragmentary nature of modern texts allows the reader a certain level of awareness over his or her own interpretive work and choices—which presents a different understanding of the way heterogeneity can shape a subject. This final chapter, however, is focused on the reflection of the experience of reading scholastic encyclopedias—an object itself of Jean de Meun's and Ramon Llull's reflections. Iser's insights are suggestive in that they divert us from thinking about the literary subject solely as expressed in the first person, and allow us to consider a second-person subject brought forth by the text. The chapter suggests, however, that these florilegia open up both first- and second-person subject positions. The second half of the chapter, meanwhile, is devoted to the texts: Roman de la Rose, the Libre de meravalles, and the Arbre de filosofia d'amor and their use of the mirror trope and the mise en abyme or the dramatization of mirror reflection.

Keywords:   Wolfgang Iser, reading scholastic encyclopedias, Jean de Meun, Ramon Llull, roman de la Rose, libre de meravalles, arbre de filosofia d'amor, mirror trope, mise en abyme

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